FIDDLERONTHEROOF (NAP) couldn’t match the pace of Edwardstone at Wincanton but this much stiffer track will play to his strengths and Colin Tizzard’s novice should recoup losses. Former pointer Timberman looked a nice prospect when chasing home stablemate Son Of Camas at Newbury last month and he’s preferred to the returning Daphne Du Clos, who also represents the Henderson yard. Warwick third Arrivederci is back over 2m having failed to stay at Chepstow but has some improving to do.
Act Accordingly 125-1 (11-0) Held up in rear until unseated rider 3rd, at Newbury 2m mdn (3) sft in Nov.
Arrivederci (FR) 5-1 (11-0) Raced keenly in mid-division, headway chasing leaders before 7th, pushed along after 4 out, weakened before 2 out, beaten when mistake last, 7th of 16, 14 1/2l behind Sevarano (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 3f mdn (4) gs in Oct.
Black Gerry (IRE) 4-1 (11-11) Twrds rr of mid-div, 4th frm 6out, prog bef 3out, ld aftr 2out, no ex flat, hdd over 50 yards out, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Bobhopeornohope (11-11) at Dromahane 3m mdn sft in Apr.
De Barley Basket (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd before 6th until 2 out, weakened last, 5th of 12, 17 3/4l behind War Lord (11-0) at Plumpton 2m mdn (4) sft in Oct.
Espion (FR) 33-1 (10-12) Held up in last pair, some late minor headway, 5th of 8, 16 1/4l behind Edwardstone (10-12) at Wincanton 1m 7f (3) gd in Nov.
Fiddlerontheroof (IRE) 4-6fav (10-12) Led and disputed, in front after 2nd until after 3 out, chased leader, pushed along and slightly outpaced before 2 out, rallied to hold every chance last, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Edwardstone (10-12) at Wincanton 1m 7f (3) gd in Nov.
Grey Getaway (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, weakened rapidly before 2 out, 8th of 10, 33 1/4l behind Boss Man Fred (10-12) at Kempton 2m 5f (4) gd in Nov.
Needhams Gap (IRE) 1-2 (11-11) Ch ldrs, 4th 1/2way, prog to ld 3out, ko well from last, won at Courtown 3m mdn gd in Apr beating Southern Sam (11-6) by 3l, 9 ran.
Silver Nickel (IRE) 80-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, pushed along when mistake and lost place after 4 out, soon behind, went badly left 2 out, 8th of 10, dist behind Sir Valentine (10-12) at Newbury 2m (4) gs in Nov.
Storm Force Ben (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, weakened approaching 3 out, 7th of 10, 22 1/4l behind Alnadam (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m (4) hvy in Nov.
Timberman (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, headed final furlong, kept on and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 13, 2l behind Son Of Camas (11-0) at Newbury 2m (5) gs in Nov.
Watar Allstar (IRE) 250-1 (10-12) Mid-division, outpaced after 4 out, tailed off, 6th of 13, 36 3/4l behind Sporting John (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f (3) sft in Nov.
Daphne Du Clos (FR) Evensfav (10-11) Mid-division, closed 4th, hit next, shaken up after not fluent 3 out, soon beaten, one pace, 5th of 14, 9 3/4l behind Scarlet Dragon (11-4) at Huntingdon 2m (4) gs in Jan.